Wildland fires spread causing small Mid-Mo town to evacuate; State-wide mutual aid request to control fire

More than a dozen fire agencies have arrived near Woolridge, Mo. early Sunday to assist
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Smoke and flames visible above the Missouri River MO-179 bridge near Woolridge, Mo. October w2, 2022. Courtesy Gloria Gaus via Facebook.

UPDATE: Fire was under control Sunday morning. Presser was held with media:

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COOPER COUNTY, Mo. – For days fire crews across SWMO, NEOK and SEK battled large, fast-moving grassfires. The same has been happening across the region. Saturday evening I-70 was closed for 2+ hours as smoke covered the interstate making driving dangerous.

| RELATED >> WILDLAND FIRES CLOSE I-70 WEST OF COLUMBIA

 

Mid-Mo residents are still being threatened by wildland fires. Cooper County Fire District requested state mutual aid to help control a fire that has burned nearly 20 structures:

At 15:35 on 10/22/22, the CCFPD was dispatched to a natural cover fire just south of Wooldridge. Because of the high winds and low humidity the fire spread quickly into the village of wooldridge burning approximately 20 structures. The fire front continued North to interstate 70 burning approximately 3,500 to 4,000 acres. The statewide mutual aid system was activated, and there are currently more than 30 agencies on the scene. No ff injuries have been reported this far and 1 civilian injury that is believed to be non-life threatening. Displaced residents are being sheltered at the Open Bible Praise Center on Hwy 87. interstate 70 was closed for approximately 2 hours while smoke was covering the roadway. I 70 has been reopened. Crews will remain on the scene through the night to control hot spots and to be prepared for any change in wind direction.

Sunrise Beach Fire were one of the many departments that arrived to a staging area around midnight. SBF is about 70 miles south of the Woolridge Fire.

Woolridge is a small town near of Columbia, Mo. Founded in 1901. It lies along the Missouri State River flood plain.

The extreme fire danger conditions continue Sunday across the entire state. The Missouri State Fire Marshals office state these are critical fire conditions, “due to low humidity, extremely dry vegetation and windy conditions. AVOID ALL ACTIVITIES THAT COULD SPARK A FIRE!”

KOAM Meteorologist Doug Heady Sunday morning warns of high winds again, “Happy Sunday guys and gals. Again today winds will push 50 mph with a high fire danger once again. After the past couple days of fires let’s be as careful as possible. I will get you a wxsavants youtube video later today with a complete break down of thunderstorms for Monday. Go Chiefs!”

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Holts Summit Fire responded overnight to the state-wide mutual aid request.

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Staging area state-wide mutual aid request at the Woolridge fire, Courtesy Holts Summit Fire. Last check was 14 agencies have responded.

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